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Cougar Survivor Was 'So Worried About My Friend'

911 calls show Washington man's despair after fatal attack, struggle to determine his location

(Newser) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was—and heard how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle was mountain biking with SJ Brooks, 32, also... More »

Cops Never Got Out of Car to Look for Teen Who Died in Van

Internal report on Kyle Plush's death presented to city council

(Newser) - Kyle Plush managed to call 911 twice from the third-row seat of the van in which he had become trapped on April 10, using Siri to place two calls from the phone in his pocket. The 16-year-old suffocated in the parking lot of Cincinnati's Seven Hills School, and on... More »

A 'Hole' May Have Led to Fatal Shooting of NYC Man

Beat cops knew Saheed Vassell was mentally ill, but the officers who responded may not have

(Newser) - More details in the case of Saheed Vassell , an unarmed, mentally ill 34-year-old man shot and killed by NYC police. Four cops opened fire on Vassell in Brooklyn on Wednesday after 911 calls came in saying a man was pointing a silver firearm at people; after Vassell was shot, it... More »

Governor Signs 'Historic' Gun Bill After Parkland

Meanwhile, Parkland 911 calls were released

(Newser) - Among the newly released recordings of 911 calls from the Parkland school shooting, the parents of a 17-year-old girl can be heard telling a dispatcher that their daughter is texting from a classroom where the door's glass was shot out. "Three shot in her room. Oh, my God.... More »

After 911 Call, Officers Were Sent to Wrong House—Fatally

Missouri officers responded to home in Clinton, when call really came from Windsor

(Newser) - "It is a coincidence," says Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe, and a deadly one. After a 911 call Tuesday in which women were heard screaming , police were dispatched to a home in Clinton, Mo., where all were shot, one fatally—and it was the wrong home. Lowe... More »

First Came the 911 Screams. Then a Cop and a Suspect Died

Tragedy after Tuesday standoff in Missouri

(Newser) - It started with a 911 call, punctuated by two women's screams. It ended with a police officer and a suspect dead. Following the 911 call Tuesday, police responded to a home in Clinton, Mo., around 9:20pm local time. They were met with gunfire from a suspect, who barricaded... More »

Butt Dial Gets Adults Busted at Teen Party

Someone allegedly got angry about the butt dial, started brandishing a gun

(Newser) - "The butt dial was the reason for our involvement," says Sgt. Luke Ernenwein of Maine's York Police Department, which found itself in a standoff at an underage drinking party early Sunday. Dispatchers received a 911 call and could hear yelling and arguing, but no one spoke to... More »

Parents Sue 911 Dispatcher Who Hung Up as Son Was Dying

He was apparently upset teen who called 911 used a curse word

(Newser) - The parents of a 17-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting are suing the firefighter who hung up on his friend when she called 911 for help, Courthouse News reports. Jaydon Chavez-Silver was at a party in Albuquerque when he was shot in the chest in 2015; Esperanza Quintero,... More »

Mom Sues T-Mobile Over Baby's Death

Suit claims glitch prevented babysitter from getting through to 911 after Brandon Alex fell

(Newser) - The mom of a baby who died after his babysitter was put on hold with 911 for more than half an hour has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile for a system glitch that may have contributed to the boy's March death. The Dallas Morning News reports the complaint filed... More »

Woman Shot Dead Was Told by Cops to 'Stop Calling 911'

Body cam video shows Fla. police noting Latina Herring's 'false accusations'

(Newser) - Body cam video released by police in Sanford, Fla., after a man allegedly went on a shooting spree last week that killed his girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, shows cops scoffing at the woman's "false accusations" and telling her to "stop calling 911," WESH reports. In... More »

Infant Dies After 911 Put Sitter on Hold for 31 Minutes

T-Mobile glitch plaguing 911 operators in Dallas since November

(Newser) - A glitch that has been plaguing Dallas T-Mobile customers who call 911 since November may have contributed to the death of a 6-month-old boy Saturday, WFAA reports. For an unknown reason, when a T-Mobile customer calls 911 the system creates multiple "ghost calls" to 911 that register as hangups.... More »

Teen Peeved With Parents' Vacation Choice Calls 911

'It was not an appropriate use of 911,' cop says

(Newser) - Is Trent Hills, Ontario, really that bad? A 15-year-old girl “forced” to go to the Canadian vacation spot by her parents last week apparently thought so—and called 911 with her emergency, the CBC reports. Police who responded to the cottage the family rented were not amused. “This... More »

Man Dies After 911 Call Is Seen as Butt Dial

Robert Paulus' family is criticizing Fredericksburg's protocol

(Newser) - The call lasted less than 20 seconds: After the Virginia dispatcher answered "Fredericksburg 911, where's your emergency?" she was greeted with silence, which she followed with "hello?" twice. Then she hung up, thinking it was one of the dozen butt dials or otherwise inadvertent calls the city... More »

4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say... More »

'Please Don't Shoot': Texas Family's 911 Calls Released

Neighbor describes scene outside family home

(Newser) - Police have released the heartbreaking 911 calls placed in the moments before Texas mom Christy Sheats killed her two daughters Friday. In the first of three calls—which are "difficult to listen to," say police—Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, can be heard pleading with their mom not... More »

'I'm in Orlando, I Did the Shootings': Mateen to 911

Gunman also warned of future attacks in FBI-released partial transcripts of calls on night of shooting

(Newser) - The FBI has released the latest in the Orlando massacre : partial transcripts of 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen the night of the attack. Per the Orlando Sentinel , Mateen's first call was with a 911 dispatcher at 2:35am from the bathrooms inside Pulse, where he held hostages.... More »

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per 9to5mac.com , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as... More »

Kid on 911 Call: 'Daddy Went Past a Red Light'

His dad says he was only turning right

(Newser) - Michael Richardson says he was heading to the car wash with his son in Quincy, Mass., on Saturday when he turned right on a red light. "I told him to stop, but he didn't listen," says 6-year-old Robbie, who knows "a red light makes you stop.... More »

Burglary Victim Makes Teen Suspect Call 911 ... on Himself

And on his 2 accomplices

(Newser) - Give a child a punishment and you teach him a lesson for a day; make that child call in his own punishment and he'll likely remember it for a lifetime. That may have been the philosophy guiding an Oregon homeowner who the Coos County Sheriff's Office says found... More »

911 Calls for Baby Mauled by Dog Went Unanswered

San Diego parents called for help twice, but no one picked up on the other end

(Newser) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves, the AP reports. Police Lt. Scott Wahl told KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds... More »

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